Star magazine reports Madonna is crazy about clipping coupons and keeps utility bills down by switching off the lights in her home and forbidding employees to make long distance calls. “Madonna’s interested in everything that helps to save a little more,” a friend says, despite the singer’s $400 million fortune. “It would be unfair to call her a skinflint because she’s not – she’s just wise with her money.”
44 Years Gets Madonna 44 Pages
March 11, 2003 – W Magazine entertainment editor Merle Ginsberg spoke with Access Hollywood about their big feature this month on Madonna. “She’s 44-years-old and she gets 44 pages. She’s Madonna! I think you’re seeing her with the mask on and the mask off. She’s utterly, utterly fascinating,” Ginsberg said.
Madonna Learns The Rap Game From Missy Elliott
March 9, 2003 – Us Weekly reports that Madonna has turned to Missy Elliott to teach her how to rap. “Madonna is obsessed with Eminem and Missy and wanted to do something in the rap world and get some ‘street cred’,” according to a source. The Material Girl spent 44 hours on the phone with Missy before going into the studio to record a second, hip-hop version of her upcoming anti-war single ‘American Life’, which is due out soon.
Madonna’s Surprise To Kelly Ripa
March 6, 2003 – Mark Consuelos talked to Access Hollywood from the set of ‘Third Watch’ about the baby Kelly Ripa gave birth to that turned their brood into a family of five, and the gift they got from Madonna. “My wife got flowers from Madonna,” revealed Mark. “I didn’t get anything from Madonna. I’m not even on her radar,” he joked.
Madonna’s Babysitter Quits After Scrooge Treatment
March 5, 2003 – The National Enquirer reports Madonna’s 32-year-old French babysitter, who works six-day weeks getting $36,000 a year, quit after one year because her request for a raise was refused by the Material Girl.
Madonna’s ‘American Life’ Tune Boosts Iraqi Popularity
March 4, 2003 – The Sun reports Iraqi radio is playing more songs by Madonna than any other Western pop act thanks to the anti-war stance on her new single, ‘American Life’.
Madonna Plotting Art Expo
February 27, 2003 – Marc S. Malkin of New York Magazine reports Madonna is collaborating with celebrity-fashion photographer Steven Klein on a multimedia exhibition at the Deitch Projects in Soho. The two teamed up after Klein shot Madonna for a 44-page cover story on the singer for W magazine’s April issue. Read more.
Madonna Taking Hebrew Singing Lessons
February 23, 2003 – The Sunday Mail reports Madonna has been taking singing lessons while recording her latest album, though it has nothing to do with improving her vocal talents. The Material Girl has decided to record a track with lyrics written in Hebrew, and she is taking lessons to make sure that she gets all the words correct.
Madonna Snubbed By BBC’s Michael Parkinson
February 23, 2003 – The Sunday People reports BBC reporter Michael Parkinson has turned down the chance to interview Madonna after the Material Girl canceled a prior appearance. “Madonna may be one of the biggest names in pop but Michael doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone,” an insider at BBC revealed. “She had her chance to be on his show in 2000 but canceled at the last minute. Producers were very annoyed – and so was Michael. She won’t get a second chance.”
Christina Aguilera Goes Through Her Madonna Phase
February 17, 2003 – Christina Aguilera is featured on the cover of the February 2003 issue of Galaxie magazine (only available in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei). Christina explained her controversial fashion style saying, “I’m only human and I like to be different. I hate to conform to society – I’m a little bit of a rebel, Madonna had to go through it, so I’m going to as well. I’m not great at conforming to becoming the sweet virgin American sweetheart.”
Madonna Clashes With Warner Over Photo Session Bill
February 16, 2003 – Madonna’s rep tells the New York Daily News that the singer clashed with Warner Bros. Records chief Tom Whalley, after sending the label an astronomical bill for a photo session Craig McDean did for her new CD. “Whalley sent word back to Madonna that he wasn’t paying the bill,” says a source who works for Warner Music Group CEO Roger Ames. “Tom Whalley doesn’t get involved in that area of the company,” Liz Rosenberg countered.
Madonna Defends ‘American Life’ Video
February 14, 2003 – Madonna posted a message on her official website yesterday to defend her upcoming video ‘American Life’. “I feel lucky to be an American citizen for many reasons – one of which is the right to express myself freely, especially in my work,” Madonna wrote. “I understand that there have been reports about my upcoming video ‘American Life’ in the media – much of which is inaccurate. I am not Anti-Bush. I am not pro-Iraq. I am pro Peace. I have written a song and created a video which expresses my feelings about our culture and values and the illusions of what many people believe is the American dream – the perfect life. As an artist, I hope that this provokes thought and dialogue. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my point of view. I am grateful to have the freedom to express these feelings and that’s how I honor my country.”